Category Archives: Tech

‘New infrastructure’ plan unveiled

The central government is planning to pump more than 10 trillion yuan (US$1.4 trillion) from now until 2025 into the economy through the roll-out of “new infrastructure” – which includes a wide range of technology, from next-generation wireless networks to artificial intelligence (AI). The master plan, which will be endorsed by the NPC this weekend, calls on urban governments and private hi-tech giants like Huawei Technologies to help lay 5G wireless networks, install cameras and sensors, and develop AI software that will underpin autonomous driving to automated factories and mass surveillance. SCMP.

Guangdong is already well ahead of the plan. As covered previously, the province has begun work on eight of 10 planned new industrial parks, which will be used for experimentation and development of new technologies. Basically, these involve the creation of  products and services that run on AI-driven computing power stored in data centers and distributed via 5G networks. Think autonomous cars and robotaxis, smart washing machines and fridges, intelligent buildings, cutting-edge medical devices, and so on. 

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Shenzhen public security fully online

Shenzhen’s public security bureau now operates completely online, so that residents need never conduct an in-person visit. A total of 262 services can be accessed via app and web, and kiosks are situated throughout the city in high-traffic place such as ports. 

These cover 72 items related to entry and exit procedures, 69 for population issues, 66 related to traffic, 38 for public security, seven for cyber police, five for videos, four for anti-drugs, and one for criminal police issues. Household affairs services are considered the most comprehensive online in the country. 

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IP financing boost for SMEs

Shenzhen is adopting a new way of supporting Small and Micro Enterprises (SMEs) in securing financing, based on their intellectual property. According to local media, SMEs with valuable IP will be fast-tracked in approvals for loans from financial institutions by pledging their patents, trademarks, and copyrights as collateral.

During the epidemic period, 41 IP-backed financing projects have been approved for enterprises, worth 1.032 billion yuan. Two examples of this are Shenzhen Communications Bank, which gave 10 million yuan to Shenzhen Xinyang Weikang Technology for the research and production of diagnostic kits, and Shenzhen Pufa Bank, which 4.7 million yuan to Shenzhen Pubo Technology.

At the same time, the city has approved the issuance of listed products on the Shenzhen stock exchange which are securitized by intellectual property rights. These are set to raise 1 billion yuan of funds.

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GBA firms fight the virus with smart products

From intelligent robots to drones, tech companies in the Greater Bay Area are stepping up to fight the coronavirus. 

The technology is being applied at a crucial time for the region. As Guangdong struggles to get back to work, with millions of migrant workers not yet returned to offices, factories and construction sites, authorities are concerned about how to fight the outbreak while at the same time resuming – and boosting – productivity.   Continue reading GBA firms fight the virus with smart products

Guangdong 2nd in software output

Guangdong contributed the second-biggest amount to China’s software industry last year, behind only Beijing, data shows. The sector grew 15.4% in 2019, generating 7 trillion yuan of revenues. And despite a 1.1% decline in software exports, profits rose by 9.9% to 936 billion yuan. 

Guangdong contributed 14.3% of the total revenue, second only to Beijing which accounted for 15%.

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‘Smartphone City’ aims high with R&D boost

One of the reasons for Dongguan having enjoyed such a strong economic performance in 2019 (GDP +7%) is because China’s smartphone industry escaped the ire of US President Donald Trump. Or, more particularly, it is why Chang’an Town, home of Vivo and OPPO, had a good year. With smartphones managing to avoid tariffs in the US-China trade war, the town’s GDP broke the 70 billion mark thanks to surging industrial output that reached 266.73 billion yuan. 

More importantly, however, 2019 will be remembered as the year these homegrown tech giants broke ground on large-scale new R&D centers in the town, pushing up fixed-asset investment by 42% to 7.44 billion yuan.

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Guangdong puts SMEs on blockchain

Guangdong has launched an innovative new SME financing and regulatory system built on blockchain technology, in which companies may register their assets, liabilities and transactions in real time with a wide range of government departments and, in return, gain easier access to credit from banks and other financial institutions.

“Guangdong’s battle against financial risks has been strengthened as powerful weapons have been added,” Li Tengfei, deputy director of the Guangdong Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau, was quoted as saying by local media.

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GBA startup communities: an explainer

As the masterplan of turning the nine cities in Guangdong as well as Hong Kong and Macau into an integrated technology hub unfolds, incubators and accelerators have been springing up around the region, all rushing to gain a foothold in the rise of China’s Silicon Valley.

Incubators, in the Western script, are companies staffed by experienced investors and executives that help startups by providing them with professional training, working space and venture capital. Accelerators are basically doing the same job, but focused on scaling up existing business models. 

The landscape is rather different in China, where the central and local governments are dominant. Here, startup support services are established largely to facilitate the country’s economic development agenda laid down by the Party, and lines are always blurred in terms of the functions of incubators, accelerators and scientific laboratories.

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AI robot has IP rights, says Shenzhen court

Tencent has won a landmark legal case over copyright infringement. Or rather, it might be more accurate to say, one of its bots has.

The Shenzhen-based tech conglomerate’s AI news-writing software program, Dreamwriter, made history recently by becoming the first case of its kind in China to defend the copyright of a non-human. According to local media, no exact date was provided for the verdict. It was issued after a Chinese website specialising in online lending copied an article generated by Dreamwriter in August 2018. It was a commentary on the day’s trading in the Shanghai Stock Exchange, published on Tencent’s stock section of its news portal.

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Shenzhen races to 15,000 5G base stations

Shenzhen has reached its initial target of 15,000 5G base stations ahead of schedule, hitting the goal yesterday, according to local media.

It probably helps that Shenzhen is the home city of network-gear giants Huawei and ZTE. But it should also be noted that the city rolled out a series of lucrative incentives to other developers in order to reach its goal. These included cold, hard cash – 10,000 yuan for every base station opened – as well as subsidies of up to 150 million yuan for operators who pulled the networks together. 

By August next year, 45,000 base stations are expected to have been built, achieving full coverage of the city. This density will lead the country, and provide fertile ground for the development of 5G-related applications.

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